Most of us use our smartphones for communication, and text messages are an integral part of it. We rely on the carriers to send our text messages on time to the recipient. When everything is going right, there is usually no delay in the delivery of messages via SMS or MMS.

If you have a good and stable carrier signal, then your message should be delivered on time. However, that’s not always the case. There are times, when you may receive a message several minutes or hours after it was sent by the sender. That can be frustrating and cause problems in case of emergencies.

Of course, you can call the other person, but what if you’re only able to send a text message and it isn’t delivered on time. In this post, you will learn how to fix delayed text messages on iPhone.

Not DeliveredWe are going to discuss about text messages as well as iMessages. You can only send text messages or SMS, using an iPhone or iPad, since only those iDevices support SIM cards or eSIM. If a text message is delayed, it is usually the carriers fault. The best thing to do, is to contact your carrier and tell them about your problem.

Luckily, there are a few other things you can do before you contact the carrier, which could fix delayed text messages iPhone. Let’s get started.

Delete old messages

Sometimes, the sending and receiving of text messages can be delayed if your Messages app is filled with thousands of messages. You can delete older message threads and clear data to see if it fixes delayed text messages on your iPhone.

Reboot iPhone

You can also try the age old method of rebooting the device. If there is an issue with the Messages app, then a reboot of the iPhone could fix it. Press and hold the Power button and the Home button and wait till the Apple logo appears. This should hopefully fix the problem. If not, try the other steps below.

Restart Messages app

Launch the app switcher by double pressing the Home button or swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Now, close all the apps, including the Messages app, and restart your iPhone. Try if the Messages app sends and receives text messages on time.

Enable/Disable AirPlane Mode

SMS messages are carrier related, hence, a congestion in the network could also cause delayed text messages. You can enable the AirPlane mode on your iPhone, wait for about 30 seconds, and then disable it. To turn on the AirPlane mode, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the control center. On newer iPhones, you will need to scroll down from the top. The Airplane mode toggle should be available in the control center. You can also find the option in the Settings app. Hopefully, the problem gets fixed and you can start receiving and sending messages normally.

Disable Do Not Disturb

If the Do Not Disturb mode is enabled, then text messages could be delayed. You will not receive the notification for the SMS and will probably miss the text. Do Not Disturb will dismiss all notifications except for important phone calls. Hence, disabling the feature can get SMS to work properly. The Do Not Disturb toggle is also available in the Control Center, as well as the Settings app.

Reset Network Settings

reset network settings

Resetting all the network settings can also fix this problem. To rest all network settings on your iPhone, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the Settings app.

2. Tap on General and then scroll down to the Reset option.

3. Here you will find the option to Reset Network Settings.

4. Tap on the option and then confirm to reset all network settings.

Doing this should clear all issues related to the network, and that includes delayed text messages. After the iPhone connects to the network, try sending a message and see if it is delivered on time.

Find Network

If you’re in an area where the network coverage of your carrier isn’t good, then you will not be able to receive and send text messages on time. Since SMS requires a cellular connection, your messages will be delayed when you’re in a poor network area. Move around to find better range and then try to send the message again.

Contact Carrier

If none of the above methods has helped you fix delayed text messages on iPhone, then it’s probably best to contact your carrier. The issue could be at the carriers end and the server may be down or congested. Talk to a rep to solve the problem.

We hope that you were able to fix the delayed messages problem on your iPhone with ease.